Mesmerize
Mesmerize Mes"mer*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mesmerized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mesmerizing}.] [Also spelled {mesmerise}.] 1. To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep; to hypnotize. [1913 Webster]

2. To produce an intense fascination in; to spellbind. [PJC]


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  • mesmerize — (v.) 1829, back formation from MESMERISM (Cf. mesmerism). Transferred sense of enthrall is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • mesmerize — (Amer.) mes·mer·ize || mezmÉ™raɪz v. hypnotize, induce a trance like state; subject to mesmerism; fascinate, rivet, spellbind (also mesmerise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mesmerize — [v] captivate catch up, control, deaden, drug, ensorcell, enthrall, entrance, fascinate, grip, hold spellbound, hypnotize, magnetize, numb, render unconscious, spellbind, stupefy; concepts 11,14 Ant. disenchant, turn off …   New thesaurus

  • mesmerize — (also mesmerise) ► VERB ▪ capture the whole attention of; fascinate …   English terms dictionary

  • mesmerize — [mez′mərīz΄, mes′məriz΄] vt. mesmerized, mesmerizing to hypnotize; esp., to spellbind mesmerization n. mesmerizer n …   English World dictionary

  • mesmerize — UK [ˈmezməraɪz] / US [ˈmezməˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms mesmerize : present tense I/you/we/they mesmerize he/she/it mesmerizes present participle mesmerizing past tense mesmerized past participle mesmerized to attract or interest you so… …   English dictionary

  • mesmerize — [19] Franz Anton Mesmer (1734– 1815) was an Austrian doctor whose experiments with what he called ‘animal magnetism’, by which he induced a trance like state in his subjects, are considered to be the forerunner of modern hypnotism (formerly… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • mesmerize — [19] Franz Anton Mesmer (1734– 1815) was an Austrian doctor whose experiments with what he called ‘animal magnetism’, by which he induced a trance like state in his subjects, are considered to be the forerunner of modern hypnotism (formerly… …   Word origins

  • mesmerize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1829 1. to subject to mesmerism; also hypnotize 2. spellbind • mesmerizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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